Nobody has seen anything of CBS’ upcoming mystery show Elementary yet, because not a single scene has been shot, but there’s certainly something familiar about the concept:
Sherlock Holmes, but in the modern day.
Admittedly that’s quite a vague description so while the concern is that the Network are planning little more than a rip-off of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss‘ runaway-smash BBC series, there’s still plenty of space for a new take. A new new take, as it were, and going far beyond simple relocation from London to New York.
But when you learn that, before pressing ahead with their own show, CBS approached Hartswood Films, producers of the BBC show, about a potential remake, things might look a little more suspicious.
Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has spoken to The Independent:
We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.
We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.
Like, maybe, fake its demise through rigged bad ratings, mocked up bad reviews and fictional audience dissent, thereby convincing would be rip-off artists that there’s no money in the idea, before coming back the next year even stronger. Yeah. That sounds like a plan.
Well, it sounds like one of their plans.
I said “Cousin” in the headline because, honestly, I don’t know what else to call it. “Copy cat” might be tempting, but it’s not necessarily fair.